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Robin Duhon, RD, LMNT

National Whole Grains Month


Nutrition

September is National Whole Grains Month. Although most Americans consume the recommended amount of grains, most people do not eat enough whole grains. Here are some facts about whole grains and some tips for increasing your intake of whole grains. Why are whole grains healthier? Whole grains are healthier than refined grains because they contain more parts of the grain since it is closer to its natural state. An intact kernel of grain contains the bran, germ and endo-sperm. The more processed a grain is, less of it ends up in product being made with it. During the refinement process grains lose some of their nutritional properties. Although many refined products are also enriched, or have nutrients added to them … Continue reading

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Erica Jackson, MS, RD, LMNT, CNSC

The Truth About Detox Diets


Nutrition, Wellness

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past thirty years, you’ve probably heard of the term “Detox Diet.” Infomercials and  celebrities alike tout such benefits as weight loss, increased energy, improved cognition, and the ability to “reset” your metabolism. There are several cleanses on the market, lasting anywhere from one day to several weeks. One popular cleanse has you consuming nothing but laxative tea and a mixture of lemon juice, maple syrup, cayenne pepper, and water for 10 days. You couldn’t pay me enough to drink that! If you have even a basic understanding of your body’s physiology, the concept of the detox diet simply doesn’t make sense. What does detox mean? In the traditional sense, detoxification refers … Continue reading

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Ellen Thomsen, MS, RD, LMNT

How to Get the Most out of National Family Meal Month


Nutrition, Wellness

Did you know that August is not only when kids go back to school but also Family Meals Month? With summer coming to a close that means activities, sports and homework are gearing up for a busy fall. Is the following a common scenario for you? Get home from work only to get back in the car and drive your kids to their activities. Of course football practice ran long so you decide to swing through the drive thru. Everyone eats in the car because they have to study and clean up when they get home. I hear situations like this on a daily basis. Fact is, we are so busy we forgot the importance of making time to prepare and … Continue reading

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Kaitlyn Hemmingson, MS, RD, LMNT

Back to the Basics of Eating Right


Nutrition, Wellness

As a dietitian I hear all kinds of misinformation regarding nutrition, most of which stems from a diet-obsessed society that is all too focused on physical appearance and all but backed with evidence-based research. It’s easy to get caught up in that world just as it’s  easy to find oneself using food as entertainment, comfort or a pass-time. Not to mention that America has many “foods” available to us that are very low cost, are not very filling, taste extremely good and that have very little nutritional value; think chips, white bread, candy, soda etc. Unfortunately our misuse of food over the years has derailed our ability to see the true purpose of food, which is to provide nutrients needed to fuel or bodily … Continue reading

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Robin Duhon, RD, LMNT

Not all Milks are Created Equal – Understanding Non-Dairy Milks


Nutrition, Wellness

Whether for personal reasons or due to allergies, millions of people choose to avoid drinking cow’s milk. With all of the options available, it can be difficult to find a dairy alternative that provides the nutrients comparable to those found in cow’s milk. While you can certainly meet all of your nutrient needs without consuming any dairy, most plant based milks are not adequate by themselves. Here are some options, and how they stack up. Soy Milk:  Similar to cow’s milk, soy milk provides about 8 grams of protein per cup and is rich in, or is fortified with, calcium, phosphorous, vitamin A, vitamin D and vitamin B-12. Soy milk is also a source of heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acid, which … Continue reading

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